Live blog: First presidential debate
October 3rd, 2012
02:35 PM ET
2 years ago

Live blog: First presidential debate

(CNN) – President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney go head to head for the first time Wednesday night, taking the stage in Denver for this cycle's inaugural presidential debate. After spending days in preparation and raising expectations for their respective opponent, both candidates will have the chance to make their case with a little more than one month before Election Day.

Tune in to get minute-by-minute updates throughout the evening, including trivia, fact-checks, polls, and tweets.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Presidential Debates
soundoff (901 Responses)
  1. sjm

    what is Obama even saying? Does he know?

    October 3, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  2. HeatherW

    The graph is undecidd voters inCO. Its a real-time result of how they are viewing the candidates based on what they are saying at the mOment

    October 3, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  3. Lucky to have a Job

    I just paid $3.78 a gallon tonight. Someone reminded me that 4 years ago I was paying less than $2. I would take $2.50 right now and be very happy. With all the talk about ENERGY production increases, you'd think I could find gas near what it was before he took office.

    October 3, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  4. mogran

    Obama says somebody needs to make decisions...if that's so, why hasn't he made any.

    October 3, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  5. Joan

    Mitt Romney is on it with the numbers

    October 3, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  6. linda

    Romney is holding up well, but my trust is in Obama's economy plan going forward. I couldn't imagine Gov. Romney being President of the United States...what would America look like if that happened? Unimaginable!

    October 3, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  7. ocean girl

    Mitt is saying the same thing over and over again!

    October 3, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  8. Vic

    I cant believe how The president is speaking in generalities. No details.

    October 3, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  9. Sally

    Stephania, Obama went over his time limit more than 30 seconds and has repeatedly avoided the question and segued [sp?] onto a different 'angle' so to speak...Obama is looking SO bad...I can barely watch him....

    Do I hear LANDSLIDE???

    October 3, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  10. rich

    keep the debate on topic

    October 3, 2012 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  11. melinda

    Sad that Mitt has to school Obama in business 101

    October 3, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  12. Lou

    Romney continues to use his made up numbers – That's how you raid companies not run countries.

    October 3, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  13. sjm

    Mitt is a financial genious! I hope he wants to charge foriegn countries for our military services!!

    October 3, 2012 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  14. Sally

    Mitt Romney is smoking Obama...he seems so much more knowledgeable on the issues of the economy, the deficit and taxes and jobs, etc, etc...he's BURYING him!!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. doin bad

    Who ever pronise to lower gas prices lower taxes get my vote

    October 3, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Trae

    Tell Jim Lehrer to stop letting Romeny interrupt.

    October 3, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  17. Abigail

    This guy must get control of his debate!!!!!!!!! He is allowing Romney to speak more and for longer periods of time and pres. Obama is not getting fair or equal time!!!!!!! Get control and make this a fair debate!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  18. melinda

    I like the topic of not getting tax breaks for businesses overseas. Would like to hear more concrete structures for this.

    October 3, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  19. Vic

    I voted for Obama and i really like him, but i think he had his opportunity to fix our country.

    October 3, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. ocean girl

    Good answer Barack on Social Security...

    October 3, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  21. Sally

    Bush is wondering what he'll do if he's relected...I mean he'll inherit such a mess!!!!!!

    October 3, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  22. melinda

    Obama, look into the eyes of the audience. Looking off screen looks shifty and quit playing the blame game. Telling us HOW you are going to do things–not just lofty goals.

    October 3, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  23. Panta ray

    If you have half a brain you can see Obama twitching and agreeing with Romney. It's over and now we do need change because the last one clearly didn't work! Vote Romney or be prepared to suffer the consequences with the current despot!

    October 3, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  24. Art

    I agree with Vic, Obama needs to be more specific and stick to the point. Romney is cleaning his clock. If Obama want to win this debate, he needs to stop being so nice and go for Romney's throat. Hit Back!

    October 3, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. Vic

    Did the president just say that right now you could get a deduction to ship jobs overseas? Last i knew he was the president and should of stopped that.

    October 3, 2012 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
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